• Preparing for State Bankruptcies

    June 01, 2020 |

    It's no secret that major law firm bankruptcy practices are ramping up for a historic rise in Chapter 11 filings as industries are battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Controversial comments by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell in April raised the possibility that restructuring lawyers could also gain a new clientele: state governments.

  • Where Will The Needle Land? COVID-19 Contact Tracing v. Protecting Personal Privacy 

    June 01, 2020 |

    Governments and businesses alike are considering how to leverage new technologies to make contact tracing efforts more effective by digitally monitoring our social interactions and physical locations. But such innovative contact tracing methods raise a host of privacy concerns, forcing a reckoning with how we balance privacy and public health.

  • Recent Decisions Clarify Scope of Illinois Biometric Privacy Law

    June 01, 2020 |

    For users of biometric information subject to BIPA's rigorous requirements, the last two years have brought mostly bad news, most notably a smattering of unfavorable decisions on the question of whether plaintiffs must suffer an injury in order to avail themselves of BIPA. Against this backdrop, however, courts have issued decisions on other aspects of BIPA

  • Effects of COVID-19 Shutdown on Commmercial Real Estate

    June 01, 2020 |

    Much attention has been paid to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on income, unemployment and cash flow for businesses. But new research takes an eye opening look at what the shutdown of many businesses may do to the worth of commercial real estate.

  • Putting the "Social" Back into Social Media: Helping Attorneys Connect with Others

    June 01, 2020 |

    Most attorneys are expecting social media to be a panacea to bring in new clients during this incredibly unusual time in our history. As marketing and business development professionals and coaches, we know we have to teach our attorneys that, like any other marketing and business development tactic, there is no magic bullet. But that by using social media, it will help them create attention and assist in building relationships.

  • Creative Strategies for Landlords and Tenants to Survive the COVID-19 Shutdown

    June 01, 2020 |

    When COVID-19-related restrictions imposed by state and local governments are lifted, there is no guarantee that they will have done more than delay the inevitable: eviction and bankruptcy. Modifications should be used to cut risk and losses. If at all possible, landlords and tenants should cooperate now to avoid that outcome.

  • Soccer Federation Litigators Discuss Recent Ruling in Equal Pay Case

    June 01, 2020 |

    Latham & Watkins partners Michele Johnson and Jamie Wine turned the tide for the U.S. Soccer Federation in a high-profile — and highly sensitive — wage discrimination lawsuit by the U.S. Senior Women's National Team. In this Q&A, Johnson and Wine discuss their perspective on the case